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Mahraganat — the music Egyptian authorities don’t want you to hear

Nothing is Foreign23:52The music Egypt doesn’t want you to hear

Over the last 20 years, a pulsing fusion of EDM, rap and Egyptian folk – known as Mahraganat – has risen from the streets of Cairo and become a worldwide phenomenon. 

But Egypt’s authorities are now cracking down on the music and the artists creating it, saying it’s immoral and corrupting young people. 

We take you inside the culture and class wars of Egypt and explore what the banning of popular music says about the African country’s image and its future. 


  • Mahmoud Rafat, music producer and executive of 100Copies Music.
  • Fady Adel, Egyptian culture journalist.

Nothing is Foreign is a new podcast from CBC News and CBC Podcasts. A weekly trip to where the story is unfolding. Hosted by Tamara Khandaker.



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